Charity CEO, Ted Hill MBE, wrote a letter to editors this weekend encouraging those with disabilities to take part in Disabled Access Day on Saturday 17 January 2015. Read it below:
Disabled Access Day should encourage businesses to ramp up accessibility measures
Saturday sees thousands across the country who suffer from a disability trying something new and stepping out of their normal routine, for Disabled Access Day. As CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, the leading voice for approximately 120,000 people with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) in the UK, I would like to support all those taking part and I hope their experience will be one that will encourage them to try something new again in the future.
The much appreciated support offered by businesses, including those that are running special offers as part of the day, will surely contribute to the success of the event as we continue to strive for an accessible Britain. However, the work doesn’t stop there, for many ‘differently able’ people trying something new can be daunting, and with many businesses still not accessible to wheelchair users at the most basic level, you can’t blame them for sticking to what they know.
Days like Disabled Access Day not only work to boost the confidence of people with reduced mobility, as they step out together, but they raise awareness of the difference that having a fully accessible venue can make. If you run a venue or restaurant with poor accessibility, the chances are Disabled Access Day will come and go without a whisper – but with the sector having a collective annual spending power of up to £212billion*, you might want to ramp up your business and make it accessible in time for next year’s event.
Ted Hill MBE
CEO, The British Polio Fellowship